Presentation on theme: "HOW TO BECOME A UNIVERSITY LECTURER Matthew Johnson Archaeology, School of Humanities University of Southampton"— Presentation transcript:
HOW TO BECOME A UNIVERSITY LECTURER Matthew Johnson Archaeology, School of Humanities University of Southampton
Structure of Talk University Archaeology today What Universities require of their staff What it is like to be a lecturer How to acquire the skills and get the job
University Archaeology today Fewer than 30 depts in UK (c.28 members of SCFA): a small world Varies widely in rest of world (N America; Europe; Australia) UK depts quite similar (8-25 posts, scores at RAE): not as divided as e.g. History
Key Changes/Drivers to Staff Recruitment Recession… Student numbers stable/declining Research Evaluation Framework Themed funding/impacts League tables Increasing nos. of posts in new Universities (Heritage, Conservation)
Key Priorities of a Lecturer Teaching Research (grants, publications, students) Administration/leadership NB. Priorities between these are not always explicit (your HoD is not a trained manager) Stress results from trying to juggle these Key skill therefore is setting priorities, having a personal plan and sticking to it
Whats It Like? Two Myths Universities are ivory towers Lecturers are underpaid and overburdened Lecturers do work long hours, but out of choice: most enjoy what they do (Lecturer minimum £27183 plus pay rise)
Typical Day of Junior Lecturer Prepare and give 1-2 lectures See personal tutees/deal with knocks on door Staff or sub-group meeting Seminars, other group events Usually a day/week at home, to do research Also 14 weeks vacation
Good reasons for being a lecturer Passionate about archaeology Enjoy researching and writing Like performing (not just lectures)
Bad reasons for being a lecturer To get down with the kids Primary aim to teach Didnt want a stressful job Because everyone expects it/high status
How to get there: Choose the Right PhD Supervisor NOT the most popular lecturer Committed to you Politically savvy: will use their contacts for you Senior/on their way to being senior
Get the Right Skills Have more than one string to your bow Give papers; network (not just at TAG) Do some teaching; try to lead in this area Be aware of general state of archaeology Get the PhD finished!
Post-Docs: Publish, Publish, Publish
Times Higher Education Supplement The Guardian (Tuesdays) Where to Look for Jobs
Read the Job Specs. A legal requirement No hidden agendas BUT written by other lecturers, not managers Ask yourself: would I want to work with this person?